U.S. jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaska

Самолёты ВВС США перехватили российские бомбардировщики у берегов Аляски

US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast

Russian long-range combers got into the Air Defense Identification Zone which extends for around 200 miles from Alaska's western coast.

According to CNN reports, USA military confirmed the escort in a statement, saying two Alaska-based F-22 fighters "intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers".

Two American F-22 fighter jets intercepted them, with the Russians never flying into United States airspace.

The bombers entered a US air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), defined as airspace extending approximately 200 miles from the nation's coastline, though mainly composed of worldwide airspace.

A pair of US Air Force stealth fighter jets have intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers in global airspace off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for the North American Aeorospace Defence Command (NORAD) said.

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The Russian Defense Ministry stated that US F-22 fighter jets had been escorting Russian long-range aircraft for 40 minutes without approaching them closer than 100 meters.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, stated the NORAD spokesman, Canadian Military Maj.

Friday's incident comes just over a month after a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane was intercepted in an "unprofessional" manner by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet over the Baltic Sea in early March.

CNN reports U.S. F-22s intercepted Russian bombers in a similar incident near Alaska in May 2017.

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